17 October, 2016

The Last of This Season’s Vegetables

The Last of This Season’s Vegetables
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Thank goodness I have friends who have an overabundance of zucchini from their summer gardens. I’m probably the only dedicated home gardener that can’t seem to grow it in Oregon. So I rely on friends to share their surplus. Most have pulled their summer vegetable plants now that it’s mid-October and found a zucchini or two hiding
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16 October, 2016

Bari Food Cart in Portland

Bari Food Cart in Portland
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It’s October, my birthday month. I have a lot of friends who were born in October as well. And yes, we celebrate all month if we possibly can. Since we don’t all live in the same state, we share our birthday celebrations with each other each year and enjoy hearing how each of us has
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12 October, 2016

Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta & Bean) Soup

Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta & Bean) Soup
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There is a crispness to the air as we watch the landscape transition from the lush vegetation of summer to the beauty of fall. As we adjust to the changes in nature, we also adjust some of our food choices. So out come the soup, stew, and chili recipes. A steaming pot of soup is something to look
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11 October, 2016

Rustic Italian Bread

Rustic Italian Bread
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There’s nothing better than a hunk of really good bread with a meal. One of my favorite memories of my Italian grandfather was watching him sop up juices from meat, or remnants of pasta sauce with bread. He truly savored those last bites of the meal. When my Italian grandmother (and her 13 brothers and sisters)
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10 October, 2016

Cooking Tortellini In Bologna

Cooking Tortellini In Bologna
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Have you ever wanted to take a cooking class in Italy? When we travel to Italy we make sure there are several cooking classes included in our itinerary. We visited Bologna, Italy last year and had a great day learning how to make tortellini, tortelloni (bigger tortellini), and tagliatelle. We started at Emanuele and Elania’s
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7 October, 2016

Hummus in The Morning, Hummus in The Evening, Hummus Anytime

Hummus in The Morning, Hummus in The Evening, Hummus Anytime
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Hummus is probably best know as an Egyptian food dip or spread. I do love to serve it as an appetizer, spread on sandwiches, or snack with veggies. There are many brands on the market and some are good, but homemade hummus tastes best (at least I think so) and is so easy to make. My
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3 October, 2016

End of Summer Salad

End of Summer Salad
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The freshly grown fruits and vegetables of summer are almost gone. It is October after all. So what do you do with the garden dregs this time of the year? A few leftover cucumbers, tomatoes, celery….. I love salads and eat them almost daily. A nice “end of harvest” salad is what I made for
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1 October, 2016

Sandwich Loaf aka Calzone aka Stromboli aka …..

Sandwich Loaf aka Calzone aka Stromboli aka …..
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Sandwiches are the “go to” or “to go” lunch meal. Growing up in an Italian American family my mother made everything from Italian favorites like eggplant focaccia sandwiches to the traditional American PB&J. I always preferred the Italian lunches. 🙂 To help distinguish the differences between a calzone, stromboli, and sandwich loaf, I’ve borrowed a few
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29 September, 2016

Easy Peasy Pizza Appetizer With Gorgonzola

Easy Peasy Pizza Appetizer With Gorgonzola
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Shall we take a poll to find out if one of the favorite foods of adults and children is pizza? I really don’t think we need to as most might agree it’s a universally well-liked food. While there are many great recipes for the traditional style pizza, I found this one to be unique, easy,
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